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These are the best museums in Mallorca you definitely must add to your bucket list. I give you examples of museums with various styles so you can plan according to your tastes.
Whether you visit for recreational, educational, art-loving, or history freak reasons, Mallorca has all kinds of them in all colors, from history to sport to art galleries and showrooms.
Also, these spaces combine learning with entertainment (+ some immersive experiences!) With this, I encourage you to soak up the culture of Spain with these must-visits during your stay in the city.
Here we go!
1. Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani de Palma
Plaça de la Porta de Santa Catalina, 10, 07012 Palma, Illes Balears
A must-see for those fanatics of modern and contemporary art is the Es Baluard museum.
It is one of the most important and famous museums on the island and one of the best museums in Spain.
You can find pieces by local and international artists. Offering an excellent mix of paintings and sculptures, including Joan Miró, Magritte, Picasso, Barceló, and Andy Warhol.
More than 800 works of art have passed through its walls and corridors in its more than 15 years of history. Making it a mandatory visit if you are an art lover.
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It was designed in 2003 to merge with the city’s old walls, occupying an abandoned land for over 50 years.
It was inaugurated a year later, in 2004. The building is a true architectural spectacle and, for many visitors, is even more important than the art pieces inside.
As it is located in the center of the capital, once you have made your visit, the best option is to approach the bay of La Palma for a relaxing walk.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 am to 8 pm | Sundays and holidays, from 10 am to 3 pm.
- Tickets: General: 6€ | Reduced: 4,5€ | Free: People younger than 12 years old, unemployed.
- Free Access: Local holidays
2. Royal Palace of La Almudaina
Carrer del Palau Reial, s/n, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears
Another mandatory stop in the city is the Almudaina Royal Palace museum.
A 14th-century building and the official residence of the kings of Spain in Mallorca.
It is located close to the Cathedral of Palma, a central area and one of the important landmarks you can’t miss.
The palace’s interior is perfectly preserved, and visiting its facilities is a pleasure. Everyone I know had memorable experiences while visiting this museum, which is always crowded with visitors.
You can find beautiful tapestries, paintings, architectural details of Islamic and Gothic styles, and decoration and furniture worthy of a building of these characteristics. (Read more)
If we go back in time, the first version of the current palace was done in a Muslim style, built-in 1281.
A few years later, it was modified by King James II, the last emperor who changed the palace into what we know now.
This palace’s uniqueness relies on the many civilizations that have occupied the island and created different spaces adapted to their needs and wants.
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Although not all areas in the palace are open to the public, most are. I recommend buying the tickets online to avoid queues because it usually gets very crowded.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm.
- Tickets: General: 7€ | Reduced: 4€ Free: Unemployed persons.
- Free Access: Wednesday and Sunday from 3 pm to 8 pm.
3. Fundació Joan Miró
C/ de Saridakis, 29, 07015 Palma, Illes Balears
The Miró foundation was created to bring a cultural and artistic center to Mallorca.
It was a request of the Barcelona painter Joan Miró (1893-1983) and his wife, Pilar.
When Miró got to know Mallorca and fell in love with the island. Later, the foundation was Miró’s private residence from 1956, when he decided to settle there and stayed until his death.
In the foundation, you can see the artist’s original studio nowadays, which is an excellent way to understand his creative process and work.
This foundation has more than 7.000 works by famous artists and some by avant-garde artists in various forms, such as paintings, sculptures, sketches, and other documents.
There is a space right next to the foundation where you can stroll through the sculpture garden. It is dedicated to large-scale work, where you can relax and rest in the garden cafeteria.
The foundation is in a privileged enclave on a hill overlooking the sea, a fabulous place with breathtaking views.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 am to 6 pm | Sunday and holidays, from 10 am to 3 pm.
- Tickets: General: 10€ | Reduced: 6,5€ | Free: Unemployed persons.
- Free Access: Saturdays from 3 to 6 pm | First Sunday of each month from 10 am to 3 pm.
4. Museu d’Art Sacre de Mallorca
Carrer del Mirador, 5, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears
The oldest museum on the island with more than 100 years of history and inaugurated in February 1915, the Museum of Sacred Art is a diocesan museum that has been a project of several bishops throughout many years of history.
This Gothic-style building has Mateo Jaime as its pioneer., who began to form a small collection that has been growing since 1878.
It was not until 1906 that Pedro Campins started the project, rebuilding the area where the current museum is located. It is also the residence of the bishop of Mallorca.
Nowadays, the museum offers a historical tour of the Christianity of the island.
You can enjoy an extensive collection of works of religious use and origin, a testimony of the history and culture of the island for hundreds of years.
It is divided into seven sections, where works of different themes can be found, such as archeology, modern ceramics, Gothic paintings, etc.
Two of the most important works are the image of St. George by the Flemish painter Pedro Nisart and the work of Juan de Joanes, a Valencian Renaissance painter.
- Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm | Saturday, from 10 am to 3 pm.
- Tickets: General: 4€ | Reduced: 2€ | Cathedral + museum: 9€| Students and people older than 65 years old: 3€|Free: People younger than 9 years old.
- Free Access: Local holidays
5. Museum of Mallorca
Calle Portella 5, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears
If you want to learn everything about the history of Palma de Mallorca, the Mallorca museum is your place to go.
The building where the museum is constructed was built on an old baroque palace of the 16th century by the union of several old houses.
It retains much of its original structure. In its rooms, you can find prehistoric pieces from the 19th century!
In one of its central courtyards, you will be able to find the remains of what is considered the first Muslim house identified on the island.
It also has an important sample of ceramics of different styles and historical moments.
The most significant style and the one that stands out is the modernist style of the factory of La Roqueta.
The museum has works by Francesc Comes and Joan Rosat, Gothic painters; Pere Terrencs and Baltasar Buira, Hispano-Flemish painters; and the Renaissance painters Fernando de Coca and Mateu López.
You should not miss the opportunity to come to this museum and learn everything that the History of Mallorca offers you.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 am to 2 pm | Sundays and holidays, from 10 am to 3 pm.
- Tickets: General: 2,5€ | Reduced: 1,2€.
- Free Access: Local holidays
6. Castillo Museo San Carlos
Carretera Dic de l’Oest, s/n, 07015 Palma, Illes Balears
The museum of Mallorca, known as the San Carlos museum, is a military castle. It is located in front of Porto Pi, and nowadays, it is inside the naval base.
This is one of the lesser-known museums in Mallorca, something I don’t understand since it is such a marvelous museum.
It is a place where the Military History of the Balearic Islands is presented through spectacular monographic rooms.
It preserves practically all its rooms as they are used as exhibition spaces with permanent and temporary collections, combining 3 aspects of interest.
On one side, this castle is a well-preserved example of 17th-century defensive architecture. On the other side, it has a fascinating and curious military museum. And finally, you can observe an excellent panoramic view over the bay and the city of Palma.
It has more than 3600 pieces, most are donations from private collections. Some of its findings are uniforms, flags, firearms, etc. Everything from the most remote antiquity to the most recent history.
The visit can be completed in about two hours, but if you are one of those like me who enjoy observing all the pieces in detail, you will undoubtedly spend more time.
I really enjoyed the time I went there. Definitely worth a visit and pretty underrated!
- Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 2 pm.
- Free Access: Everyday
7. Rafa Nadal Museum Xperience
Ctra. Cales de Mallorca s/n, Km 1,2, 07500 Manacor, Illes Balears
The Rafa Nadal museum is in Mallorca, as he was born here. If you didn’t know, he is the most famous tennis player in Spain and the winner of the most important prizes in the world.
The exhibition primarily aims to show the best moments of Rafa Nadal’s sporting career.
A new concept integrated into this museum is that it uses interactive experiences and the latest technologies that allow a unique, educational, and fun experience.
Let me give you some cool insights into this museum, as it is divided into 4 sectors:
- First room: Here, you will find a room full of unique pieces donated by Rada Nadal’s sports friends, including jerseys of soccer players, basketball players, and motocross suits from celebrities such as Michael Jordan, Cristiano Ronaldo, or Tiger Woods.
- Second room: Showing two documentaries about Rafa Nadal’s sporting career. The impressive thing about this room is that it has the most extensive screen in Europe. You can relive some of the most important historical moments, such as the Grand Slam or the Olympic medals that Rafa won.
- Third room: It’s dedicated to the work of the Rafa Nadal Foundation. You can see on an interactive screen the different projects in which he collaborates. As well as Rafa’s trophies and awards.
- Fourth room: The fourth room is dedicated to experiences. Your kids or even you can watch and practice different sports using the latest technology and virtual reality screens.
This museum is a must-see and a great option to go with kids.
- Opening Hours: Monday to Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 3 pm | Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm.
- Tickets: General: 18€ | Reduced: 6€ | People over 65 years old: 12€ |Kids between 8-12 years old: 10€ |Free: People younger than 8 years old
8. Can Prunera Museu Modernista
Carrer de sa Lluna, 86, 90, 07100 Sóller, Illes Balears
Can Prunera is a museum dedicated to modernist art. It’s located in Soller, one of the most picturesque villages of the Tramuntana mountains.
It’s an impressive mansion with an authentic and modernist style built between 1909 and 1911 by Joan Magraner Oliver, alias Joan Prunera.
It was in August of 2009 that the museum was converted into a house museum.
Here you will find a collection of contemporary art from the 19th and 20th centuries by national and international artists, mainly pictorial.
It has a great majority of artworks exhibited, more than 800. Also, a small part of this artwork is from Joan Miró, from the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.
This museum has become very popular. Many people have visited this place, including tourists and islanders who want to discover the best of Mallorca’s art.
Moreover, a considerable building reconstruction between 2006 and 2009 made Can Prunera one of Mallorca’s most exciting and essential landmarks.
My best recommendation would be to visit this museum and follow with a day trip to the valley of Sóller from Palma with the Sóller railroad, which is fabulous.
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- Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:30 am to 6 pm | Sundays and holidays, from 10 am to 3 pm.
- Tickets: General: 6€ | Reduced: 3€ | Free: People younger than 12 years old.
- Free Access: Local holidays
9. Museu Fundación Juan March, Palma
Carrer de Sant Miquel, 11, 07002 Palma, Illes Balears
Located in an old mansion in Mallorca, this institution houses an interesting collection of Spanish artworks of the 20th century.
The foundation it’s located in an old 17th-century house in the historic center of Palma. It exhibits its collection of contemporary Spanish art and hosts temporary exhibitions.
It has works by the most influential authors of the early avant-garde, such as Picasso, Juan Gris, Joan Miró, and Salvador Dalí.
You will find paintings from these artists and samples of the movements of the 20th century and more recent generations of artists.
The foundation of Juan March offers guided tours and workshops, lectures, music concerts, and various educational activities. You will have a great time here.
Add it to your bucket list, and you won’t regret it!
- Opening Hours: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6:30 pm | Saturday from 10:30 am to 2 pm.
- Free Access: Everyday
10. Frédéric Chopin and George Sand Museum
Real Cartuja de Valldemossa Plaza Cartuja 9, 07170 Valldemossa, Balearic Islands
In the winter of 1838 and 1839, two illustrious guests were living in Mallorca, the composer Frédéric Chopin and his partner, the writer George Sand.
The result of that stay is the autobiographical travelog “A Winter in Majorca,” which George Sand published for the first time in 1841 in the Revue des Deux Mondes, while Chopin composed The Preludes of Op. 28.
Then the museum was born in 1932, established in the same rooms Chopin and George Sand occupied during their trip to Mallorca in 1838 and 1839.
Today, this fascinating museum allows visitors to approach their legacy and contemplate the original piano that Chopin used during his vacation.
You will see sculptures, medallions, first editions of works by Chopin and George Sand linked to Mallorca, and original elements of the period illustrating the trip (maps, engravings, paintings…)
Come and visit this authentic museum to learn everything about the life of Fréderic Chopin and George Sand.
- Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, from 10 am to 5:30 pm. Tickets: G neral: 9,5€ | Reduced: 4€.
- Free Access: Local holidays
From the most modern and contemporary museums to ethnographic, military, and religious museums can be found in the beautiful city of Mallorca.
Let me know in the comments which ones you’re adding to your bucket list for your next trip to Mallorca. We’ll be happy to read you!